T.I. recently revealed that Will Smith stepped in while he was in prison in an attempt to help him get an early release, although the rapper-turned-actor’s efforts proved futile. Tip also spoke about his relationship with the Hawks and his upcoming album ‘Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head.’
According to Tip, Smith petitioned politicians and lawmakers to secure an early release. “Will actually went as far as getting in touch with [attorney general] Eric Holder and the Obama administration trying to see if we could get some kind of release. He was very politely told that was not possible. It was the last time I was going back, and I was going to court for my probation violation. He was in deep discussions about it. And he’s been a huge contributor to the administration, and I mean not just in finances, I’m talking about time and other kinds of efforts, so it ain’t like his words were falling on deaf ears.
The “Whatever You Like” rapper isn’t upset that Smith couldn’t score him a break: “I didn’t even expect no help. I didn’t expect nobody to help me. I knew I made my bed and I knew I had to lay in it.”
T.I. was first imprisoned on U.S. federal weapons convictions in 2009. He was released in March 2010, but returned to prison after he and his wife were arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles.